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Google escapes Irish data privacy investigation over tracking scandal

Ireland’s data protection commissioner is not currently investigating Google’s data-tracking controversy as the tech giant has not yet officially incorporated its data protection reside. While Google indicated that Ireland was to be its ‘one stop shop’ data protection jurisdiction in the wake of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, it has not yet finalised this registration process with the Irish DPC’s office.

Source: Google escapes Irish data privacy investigation over tracking scandal – Independent.ie

India launches investigation on Facebook data breach

CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indian personal data. It is alleged that Cambridge Analytica received data from Global Science Research which employed “illegal means” of personal data harvesting of Indians using Facebook.

Source: Facebook data breach: CBI initiates preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica, GSR | India News – Times of India

Dutch DPA launches ‘ex officio’ GDPR-compliance investigation

Dutch Data Protection Authority started an “ex officio” investigation into compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation in the private sector. It will verify compliance with Article 30 (the data registry) in 30 randomly selected large companies (more than 250 employees) in 10 different sectors: industry, water supply, construction, retail, hospitality, travel, communications, finance, business services, and health care across the Netherlands.

Source: Dutch DPA launches ‘ex officio’ GDPR-compliance investigation

MEPs to continue investigation of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

MEPs will continue to assess the impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection at hearings on 25 June and 2 July with Facebook representatives.

The second and third hearings will focus on the consequences of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and possible solutions. The first hearing took place on 4 June and aimed to better map the case.

The hearings follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and EP President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and the Chair and Rapporteur of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Source: Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs continue the personal data breaches probe | News | European Parliament

FCC Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the FCC does not plan to investigate reports that Dish, Tivo and ComScore may have given Cambridge Analytica “the specific viewing habits of many subscribers in the United States.”

That is the company under scrutiny for getting access to Facebook user info in violation of the social media platform’s policies, though Facebook is getting just as much scrutiny.

Source: Pai Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC – Broadcasting & Cable

EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

European Union privacy watchdogs will look deeper into the harvesting of personal data from social networks for economic or political purposes following the scandal engulfing Facebook Inc. after data from nearly 87 million users was improperly accessed.

“A multi-billion dollar social media platform saying it is sorry simply is not enough,” Andrea Jelinek, chair of the group of EU data protection authorities, said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica story continues to expand as the number of those affected by the data sharing kerfuffle now reportedly numbers 87 million, up from the 50 million Facebook had originally announced.

Of those 87 million, approximately 2.7 million were European. Facebook has expressed a “willingness to engage” with EU regulators after it was also revealed that 2 billion profiles were scraped.

Source: Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has agreed to testify in Washington over how his social network handled people’s data, according to people familiar with the decision.

Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements were not public. Mr. Zuckerberg may make other appearances; he has also been asked to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy – The New York Times

Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search

Investigators from Britain’s data watchdog have spent nearly seven hours searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica.

Eighteen enforcement officers entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London’s West End on Friday night to search the premises after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was granted a warrant to examine its records.

Source: Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search | News | The Guardian

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